Free, but Bruised Physically and Mentally
One of the girls kidnapped by militant group Boko Haram has reportedly been freed after she was found abandoned near a police station in Mubi, Adamawa state.
The girl whose identity has now been confirmed as Susan Ishaya was found on Wednesday after her captors abandoned her, presumably because she was pregnant and they could no longer look after her.
Chibok community leader Tsamdo Hosea Abana, confirmed the news to Nigeria’s Leadership newspapers revealing the girl was now 4 months pregnant and that she had ‘bruises all over her body’ as a result of the physical and sexual abuse she most likely suffered at the hands of the insurgents who are fighting a battle to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northern region of Nigeria.
“Susan is actually one of our daughters abducted from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok,’ said Abana. “She was found in Mubi where her abductors dumped her and she was later taken to Yola. It has been proved that the girl is four months pregnant, and she is psychological and physically traumatized,”
Susan was among over 250 girls seized from their school in April as they slept in their dormitories. A joint international effort involving both the US and the UK to rescue them has proved unsuccessful so far as fears continue to grow for the safety of the girls.
The condition in which Sarah was discovered would further raise concerns from women and human rights groups about the wellbeing of the girls as long as they remain in the hands of Boko Haram, particularly as the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to sell them as slaves across the border.
Susan is said to be receiving care at a hospital in Yola, although it is not clear whether or not the authorities have offered her any counselling or assistance since she was discovered.